Dec 24, 2012

My tiny house - Christmas 2012

Here she is, my 8 x 24' tiny house. The interior measures 8 x 18'. My little shabby chic tiny retreat. When I sit in my home it is like being wrapped in a hug. So cozy, so sweet. So perfect. I dressed her in pink and white for the holidays and the theme " I'm dreaming of a pink Christmas" seems fitting.



Looks like it is going to be a white Christmas




                                                                           

I am a boot aholic
 
 
 
 
Looking in the front door
 
 
 
 
My nook on the left, WC - water closet on the right
 
 
 
 
 
My guest loft, fits 2 twin beds, a queen bed or a single bed with extra space for storage
 
 
 
 
 
The view from my master loft




 
My faux fireplace sits in front of my built in wall heater
 
 
 
 
 
Fireplace mantle made from an old chippy door
 
 
 
 
 

Lots of mirrors in the tiny house to reflect light




 

Bunting made by Michelle of Back Through Time, on Etsy





 
My guest loft





 


Peeking through a chandelier is fresh garland from my yard






 

Chandelier adds charm to my reading nook



 

View through the mirror



 

I have a collection of angels through out my tiny house



 

Looking out toward the kitchen from the nook area




 

Looking toward the kitchen and master loft from the nook area




 

Faux vintage ornaments mixed with real vintage crystals




 
 
My pretty little tree




 

I choose ornaments to reflect light




 

The view from my reading nook




 
Private and cozy spot for a nap

 
My comfy chase




 

My $2.00 vintage medicine cabinet re purposed as a spice cabinet




 
View of the kitchen




 
Pink rag rug from Target -


 

Fresh holiday garland




 

Ready for the Christmas party




 
Mercury glass and silver bulbs reflect light to make a tiny space sparkle




 

Hand painted sign by Rose Cottage Chic





 
                                                                    
I like to mix vintage, whimsy and flea market finds




 
                                                                      
W I S H   -   Christmas Tree topper




 
Getting ready for my "I'm dreaming of a pink Christmas" party


 

Before I purchased my tiny house I had an idea of how I wanted to decorate it. I was hugely inspired  by a stylist named Sandra Foster who has the most amazing tiny house in the world, at least to me. I prefer it over any tiny home that I have ever laid eyes on.  It is by far my favorite tiny house and blog ever. Her talent and style has inspired women all over the world. Her tiny studio has been in tons of magazines books and on television shows.

 I hung Christmas lights in my master loft and also used white fabric draped from the ceiling as a sort of ' knock-off', style of Sandy's adorable cottage in the Catskills. I want to take the time here to recognize her and hope that she sees my little knock off loft look, as a form of flattery and know that I acknowledge her as the queen of shabby cottage décor. Thanks for inspiring me, to try a similar look for my little shabby chic girl cave and retreat.


A very special THANKS to two special and talented lady's who's crafts and art work helped to make my little tiny house more festive this holiday season. Jill from Rose Cottage Chic painted the adorable pink sign with roses that says - I'm dreaming of a pink Christmas that I hung in my window above my table. She mixed her own milk paint recipe for my sign. She  has an amazing website and  also does custom orders.  
 

I also want to thank Michelle, who made the little bunting (the hand made W-I-S-H letters) that are vintage style, which I hung against the mirror above my fireplace. She also made my sweet W-I-S-H vintage tree topper.  It  is a pleasure to do business with people that are so pleasant, who provide incredible personalized customer service. I also loved the thoughtful gift wrap (below picture) that my order arrived in. Michelle has an Etsy shop called Back through time with gifts for all seasons and for absolutely no reason. Both women have wonderful hand made crafts.

Gift wrapped order from,  Back through time
                                              
Bunting made by Back through time, available on Etsy
My Christmas tree topper

I also wanted to include some very interesting information about the color pink which I found on Debbie's site. By the way, Debbie bought a 320 square foot home from Scott of Slabtown Customs, who is the same builder that built my tiny house. Look around her blog once you are there to see more of her sweet little family home.


May you be blessed this holiday season. Merry Christmas.


Tonita                                              

Dec 20, 2012

"I'm dreaming of a pink Christmas" tiny house holiday party.


 

Have you wondered what it would be like to entertain in a tiny house? This past Sunday I invited several girlfriends to come to a "I'm dreaming of a pink Christmas" mini holiday party. I decorated the tiny house with an adorable pink Christmas tree that I dressed in vintage type ornaments along with real crystals from an old chandelier. Tiny pink Christmas lights were strung around the pantry door giving off a soft pink glow for the holiday fun. I shopped for pink foods and drinks to fill my old shabby farm table. I had so much food that I had to set up the table a few different ways to see how it would all fit. And, of course I wanted it to look pretty. You ladies "get it".




                                                              




 Unfortunately, I was not able to capture good pictures of the actual gathering due to my lack of skill using a simple little cheap camera. I am a total non-geek and not friends with anything that is electronic. Well maybe the wine had a bit to do with it?  I decided to post them anyway even thought they are really fuzzy photos. Two of my friends did snap some shots with their phones but unfortunately at the time of this post I have yet to see any of those photos. Hint....(if you ladies are reading this). The good news is that I was able to get some nice shots the day after the actual party with some of the leftovers, to share here on my blog. This explains why some shots show a table cloth on the old farm table and a different arrangement of foods the actual day of the party.

 I will do a separate post in the next few days of the Christmas tree and the wonderful items scattered about the tiny house to bring pink holiday cheer. I want to share some adorable holiday finds that I bought on Etsy. Stay tuned for that post. But for now, back to my Pink holiday party.

Since this little party was a short notice plan during the holidays not all the gals I invited were able to make it. However, four lovely ladies arrived dressed in various shades of beautiful pink clothing. They brought thoughtful hostess goodies and gifts of pink champagne, pink wine and a beautiful miniature picture frame that will find a resting place in the tiny house.

 The party was on and in full swing by 3:00pm this past Sunday afternoon. The tiny house seating arrangements for the five of us girls worked out well. I currently have a table that seats four adults comfortably and a chase lounge that will hold two friends. The interior of the tiny house is just 8' wide and 18' long. A large vintage coat and hat rack inside my bath tub area held the guests large, bulky and dripping wet winter coats, while their purses sat inside my little bathtub. You have to be creative to live in a tiny house and even more creative when you entertain in one.

 I must admit that with all the food and drinks for the party, the tiny house did look pretty much trashed by the end of the night. But it was well worth it, we had SO much fun. Come with me now to the after party for blog readers and take a look inside my tiny house dressed up for her first holiday event. Then, don't forget to visit again in a couple of days to see many more pictures of the house fully decked out and all pretty in her holiday pink theme.
   


The table is set in shades of pink
                                                                 
                                     



Angels, snowflakes and sparkling beads add to the table décor
                                                                      
                                         
                                            

                                                         
                 

Shades of pink
                            
 



Pink port wine cheese paired with a mini loaf of French bread
 
                           



                                                                               

Sweet pink napkins from Ikea of all places
 
                                                     
 
 
 
 
 
Bakelse Prinsess  -  Cream cake with marzipan
 
 
 
 
 
 
My old farm table adorned with pink pleasures
 
 
  
 
 
 
I could not resist these adorable bottles of water
 
 



Peppermint frosted brownies & Peppermint Marcarons
 
 
 
 
 
Pink soda, why not?
 
 




Looking downstairs from the master loft
 
 
 
 

Because most of the photos did not come out from the actual party I staged the table the next day with the leftovers you have seen in (most) of the above photos.



                                               I'm dreaming of a pink Christmas party menu . . . . .

Rangoons - Crisp wontons stuffed with cream cheese, edamame pieces and a hint of wasabi.

Fruit salad

Spinach salad -  Spinach,  red onions, dried cranberries, cherry tomatoes, roasted pine nuts, parmesan cheese topped with PINK cranberry and gorgonzola cheese dressing.

Crab dip (I added pink food coloring), paired with French bread and snowflake shaped crackers.

Garlic dip - with a dash of pink food coloring.

Pomegranate and yogurt coated almonds.

Port wine cheese - It was a beautiful shade of pink, just perfect for the holiday theme.

Cheddar cheese with caramelized onions - OMG... I am addicted to this amazing cheese, even though it was not pink.

Pink Desserts were in abundance. Tiny pink gummy pot bellied pig candies and poofy vanilla meringues dotted the edges of the dessert tray.  Peppermint frosted brownies, Peppermint macarons filled with a chocolate ganache and imported from France (available from Trader Joes) shared the tray with fancy little cream cakes adorned with pink marzipan frosting. Baked Alaska with pink peppermint ice cream added plenty of dessert choices.  Even though the following desserts were not pink I just had to throw them in as if the above offerings were not providing a sugar high for my special guests. Godiva chocolate truffles wrapped in pink foil filled a vintage wine glass. Chocolate covered frozen banana slices and brandy filled dark chocolate beans topped off the dessert list. Oh, I almost forgot the not easy to find, pink and white candy canes.

 
Drinks included pink bottles of water, pink Jones soda's, pink lemonade, pink wine and pink champagne, pink pomegranate daiquiris and even though it wasn't pink, red wine made it to the table.

Looking back on this party menu I guess it was a lot of food, but hey- when I entertain I just like to make sure everyone has a good time and goes home full. That being said I think it was a great party filled with tons of laughter, love, girl talk and plenty of food and drink all wrapped up in holiday cheer and a hug from the tiny house.




Not the best photos but this is all I have at present
 
 
 
  
 
I can blame the bad photos on my camera, the Edison light bulbs or maybe the wine
 
  
 
 
 
I had the girls each sign my guest book
 
 
 
 
 
 
We are dreaming of a pink Christmas
 
 
 
 
 
Girls just want to have fun
 
 
 
 
Dizzy Liz & Juanita
 
  
 
 
Fun under the chandy
 
 
 
 
 Resting on the chase
 
 
  
 
Pretty in pink
 
 
 
 
 
Merry Christmas  
 
 
 
 
 
 









 
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